Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sights of Seville

Seville in a day....we did our best!  We met our guide at the beautiful Spanish Royal Residence, Alcazar. It is a palace rich with moorish architecture and gardens with the amazing (and still memorable) scent of orange blossoms.

Our next stop with our guide was the Cathedral, layered on top of an existing 12th century Mosque, with the Minaret which once called Muslims to pray, now being used as a bell tower calling Christians to worship.  I think the layers of religions is one of the most interesting aspects of the places we visited on our trip through Andalusia .... curious findings like Muslim writings from the Koran inside a Catholic chapel or the Star of David carved into the pillars of an ancient Mosque.

....... And the tomb of Christopher Columbus, who we all know from 3rd grade history discovered America and apparently made the Queen of Spain very wealthy! 

But my favorite place was behind the walls of an ordinary brick building, the Plaza de Espana, actually constructed for the Latin American Expo in 1929.  

Even with a 10 minute rain shower the colorful tiles, ornate bridges, canal with row boats for hire, fountain, and horse and carriages made this location magnifico!


A Tale of Two Cities said...

Still smelling the orange blossoms.....

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Y'all do take the most fabulous trips!!